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Entries in Cupcakes (21)


Lately in Instagram

Things have been going along pretty well these days. Been crafting and baking away recently and all of a sudden, September is almost over. T's birthday is coming up next week and I have a full weekend ahead of me....Off to the city tonight for some Fringe shows, flea market tomorrow morning then spending the rest of the day prepping for T's party. But Sunday is my relax day.

From left: Audrey enjoying a new box; both cats on the couch; one of my fav thrift stores; sewing a pillow cover (check back for DIY!); soup, super nintendo, and a kitty; Abbey playing dead; behind our apartments; my first scarf of fall; new shoes; Audrey doing a great job of guarding some vintage sheets; our coffee table, in parts; Abbey; giant plate of snickerdoodles (check back for recipe!); first pumpkin spice latte of fall; me at work; a giant trip to the craft store; Abbey hanging out in my newly made wreath (check back for DIY!); AND applesauce cupcakes to be on the blog tomorrow! Whew...that was a lot!


Best of July

July was very crazy, by that I mean crazier than I anticipated, but it was also a really great. We've moved and are starting to get settled. Vacation was a complete blast. Excited to celebrate the last summer month in our new home!

Here are some of my favorite posts from July...


These chocolate potato chip cupcakes I made for our 4th of July BBQ were a hit!

These two projects for our new apartment. Tile coasters & orange painted lamp!

In the beginning of July, I purchased a Jo Totes' camera bag off their website... I'm in love with it.

An introduction to my favorite ladies.

And a update from our move-in weekend. It's fun to look back and see how things were, since we still have one or two boxes floating around it seems like getting organized is slow and steady. It's good how far the apartment has come.

Tomorrow is August. Seems crazy how the months fly by. But I'm ready for a new month and some new monthly goals. Happy August!


Recipe Card

So last week, one of my favorite blogs A Beautiful Mess posted this fantastic recipe for potato chip brownies that I was drooling over. Since my favorite medium is cupcakes, I decided to take this idea and turn it into a little personal cake to have for our Fourth of July BBQ. Here's the recipe:

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 24 Cupcakes. (I halfed this recipe to only yield a dozen.)

1 1/2 c granulated sugar

1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature

3 large eggs, room temperature

2 c all-purpose flour

3/4 c cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 handfuls of chocolate chips

1 c buttermilk (or if using powdered kind, add 4 tbsp powdered buttermilk to dry ingredients after sifting and add 1 c water)

Potato chips, crushed

1. Combine sugar and butter in mixer and mix until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. ( I crack mine into a small dish first to make sure there is nothing wrong with them and keep shells out.)

2. Sift dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder) into a large bowl.

3. Add vanilla extract to sugar/butter mixture.

4. Add dry ingredients and buttermilk into sugar/butter in parts, alternating them but beginning and ending with the dry. Try not to over mix.

5. Place chocolate chips in a small bowl, add a tbsp of flour, and toss. (This keeps the chocolate chips from sinking in the cake.)

6. Fill cupcake tray with liners about 1/2-3/4 full and bake for 15 minutes at 350. Test with toothpick when done, should come out clean. Let cool mostly.

7. Top with some of the crushed potato chips.

8. Frost and eat. (See buttercream recipe below.)

Chocolate Buttercream

Yields enough for about a dozen cupcakes

1 sticks of butter, room temperature

3/4 c of cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 c powdered sugar

milk, several tbsps as needed

1. Combine butter and extract in the mixer.

2. Combine powdered sugar and cocoa powder in a medium bowl.

3. Add powdered sugar/cocoa to mixer slowly. After all cups are added, I usually add milk to thin. Do this very slowly so you don't thin it too much.

4. Pipe onto cakes! I used a star tip this time.

5. So, I topped mine with crushed potato chips and some carmel topping mixed with a little salt (I added the salt to try to cut through the artifical taste of the carmel topping. If I had more time, I may have made some from scratch but I didn't.)


Happy Baking!


Best of June.

June has been pretty good to us, but now summer is here in full force. Hoping to get to the beach more, finish up a ton of projects, and build, build, build on this blog. Here are some of the best posts from June!

These finds from a new flea markets and these from the thrift store.

A walkthrough to create your own card book

Another walkthrough on sewing throw pillow covers. And...

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake Recipe.

Hope you have a great Saturday planned! I'm ready for July to start up!


This Week in Instagram.

This was a pretty low-key week. The weekend included a lot of naps and making things. In my opinion, the best kind of weekends include naps and making things. The rest of the week included work, dinner with a friend, making these cupcakes, planing out the month of July with blog posts, and reading. 

Moving in two week! Getting pumped.

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